CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS:YOUTH SPIRIT 9/2, INTERNATIONAL GIRL 12/1, VENTURA TORMENTA 4/6, FINAL VOYAGE 9/1, IMPERIAL YELLOW 11/8, BOMB PROOF 6/4, TOP CLASSANGEL 18/1 3RD, ALWIGHWAR 11/8, MUTAZAWWED 1/1, TACTICAL 7/2, ALTHIQUA 2/1, LORD CAMPARI 100/30, MAN OF PROMISE 6/4, ON GUARD 11/2, MAGICAL MORNING 9/4, INHALER 10/3, FIESTA DE VEGA 5/1, CREATIVE FORCE 7/2, RENAISSANCE QUEEN 3/1, AWEEMAWEH 28/1 (FB), SHELDON 50/1 EW (PLACED), GEROLAMO CARDANO 13/2, FANTASTIC MS FOX 13/2 (FB), SHIMMERING 7/4, ARRIVISTE 3/1, DULAS 6/1, DELTA'S ROYALTY 4/6, PRINCE KAYF 40/1 (FB PAGE), ELEON 15/2, CELESTRAN 9/4, ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE 4/1, BYE BYE LADY 3/1, KING LEONIDA 13/8, DONNYBROOK 4/11, AL RUFAA 11/2, ALL YOU WISH 33/1, ANASTARSIA 3/1, CONVICT 6/4, GRAVITY FORCE 8/1, THEOTHERSIDE 33/1, NIGHT COLOURS 7/1, PLYMOUTH ROCK 11/4, POCKET SQUARE 9/4, PANIC ROOM 5/2, BAND PRACTICE 11/4, CAPE PALACE 4/11, PALACE PIER 11/8, IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH 8/13, ROMAN VISION 5/4, HURAIZ 2/1, ROYAL CRUSADE 5/6, VALKAN STAR 1/3, FESTIVE START 7/2, IMPRESSOR 13/8, SURF DANCER 4/7, MASTER MCGRATH 13/8, ESHAASY 13/8, PERSUASION 16/1, PASSION FOR FASHION 3/1, ANGEL OF DELIGHT 12/1, LAZULI 11/10, TAMMANI 9/2, COBRA EYE 15/8, MORISCO 6/1, ETHIC 4/6, ABSTEMIOUS 11/8, BOOMER 3/1, SEIZE THE TIME 2/1, TREBLE TREBLE 9/2, NASAIYM 6/4, DARK LADY 11/10, FLEETING PRINCE 11/10, WELL OF WISDOM 3/1, DR SIMPSOM 4/5, HOT TOUCH 7/2, MAN OF THE NIGHT 4/6, SO SHARP 11/10, IFFRAAZ 7/4, BILL NEIGH 13/8, DRAMATIC SANDS 6/4, DRAGON COMMAND 5/1, MIA DIVA 8/1, RAAHY 5/6, LINCOLN BLUE 7/2, HOMESPIN 6/4, FRED 10/1, PINATUBO 3/1, KING'S COMMAND 2/1, ETON COLLEGE 11/2, SHAMMAH 2/1, BIG CITY 5/1, THREAT 14/1, GOOD VIBES 11/1, MISTY GREY 14/1, ROSE OF KILDARE 6/5, RAYONG 7/2, LORD OF THE LODGE 8/1, WAR STORM 7/2, IFFRAAZ 4/1, OCASIO CORTEZ 7/4...

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Micky Hammond from Stable Lad to Top Trainer

Micky Hammond horse trainer
Based at Oakwood Stables, East Witton Road, Middleham, Micky Hammond has a wealth of experience within thoroughbred horses racing. A top jockey in the 1980s and established horse trainer who knows how to get the best out of his horses. Not bad from a young man who didn't come from a racing background! 

With an eye for spotting a good horse and known as one of the best-dressed trainers in the game, he's one of those people you just can't help but like. 

Micky, how long have you been involved in horse racing? 

I've been in racing over 40 yrs, having never ridden before leaving school! I actually wrote a letter to Epsom horse trainer Brian Swift about becoming an apprentice jockey but started working weekends for local trainer TM Jones while in my final year at school in preparation. When I left school, Mr. Jones asked if I would like to work with him, the bonus being I could still live at home.

If you weren't a jockey or a trainer what would you have done?

I would have gone into the building trade. 

What memories do you have about riding Hardy Lad to victory in the Scottish National? 

He jumped well throughout the race, taking it up in the home straight. It was a brilliant feeling and one I will never forget. 

Do you feel a lot of pressure training horses or is it a relaxed career that you enjoy all the time? 

A lot of situations are beyond our control when dealing with animals, staff, and jockeys.

It's good when its good but can be very lonely when it's not. 

What race would you love to win before you retire? 

The Champion Hurdle.

What do you do to relax when you get the time? 

I love eating and drinking in nice places. Also, attending football matches.

Cornerstone Lad looks an absolute star and after winning the Fighting Fifth what plans do you have for him next? 

Cornerstone's gutsy win will see him next at Haydock 18th March.

How is the old fella Alderbrook Lad? 

It looks like he’s still enjoying racing at the ripe old age of 13.  Alderbrook Lad is in fine form, he is going to have his final season contending (and enjoying himself) around Cartmel.

Do you have any dark horses for my readers to follow this season? 

Rory And Me and an unnamed Mahler gelding.

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Related post: Hammond priming Fighting Fifth winner Cornerstone Lad for Champion Hurdle trial


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